Movies And TV Shows Based on Video Games

Gaming culture is a big part of the gaming community and there are a lot of topics revolving around it but, I’m going to talk about only one topic, the media. What do I mean when I say media in gaming? I’m talking about movies and TV shows based on video games and games based on movies and TV shows.  

I’m going to be mentioning purely movies and TV shows based on video games and not vice versa. and with that let’s start. 

Movies Based On Games 

First, let’s start with movies that are based on video games. You might know some of the popular movies like the Mortal Kombat franchise, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Resident Evil, but do you know about the worst-rated films? 

One movie that stunk was called Tekken, created in 2009 based on the Japanese fighting game series Tekken. It received a rating from Rotten Tomatoes of 0% and even the director of the Tekken video game series Katsuhiro Harada criticized the film saying, “That Hollywood movie is terrible. We were not able to supervise that movie; it was a cruel contract. I’m not interested in that movie.” Let’s talk about a movie that wasn’t rated poorly and a game that most people including you might have played once in your life, Angry Birds. “The Angry Birds Movie” was released in 2016 with the sequel “The Angry Birds Movie 2” being released in 2019 three years later. The first movie didn’t rate well with a 43% from Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic but, the sequel was rated 73% from Rotten Tomatoes and 60/100 from Metacritic. 

TV Shows Based On Games

When you think of TV shows based on a game, you might think of something like Pokémon or Yo-kai Watch that’s been around for a long time which is true but, there are other long time running that not many people have heard about.  

Rabbids Invasion is a show from 2013 about the 2006 Raving Rabbids, a game about a bunch of rabbit-like creatures who wreak havoc around the world. The show ran for 4 seasons with 26 episodes each and has a rating of 5/10 from IMDb and 5.6/10 out of Another show is Om Nom Stories made in 2012 about the 2010 phone game Cut the Rope. The show has 18 seasons and continues, with 10 episodes each season. The show is about the little green creature “Om Nom” and the wacky adventures he goes on. The show has a rating of 6.2/10 from IMDb. 

TV shows created from a video game

Now the title might be a bit confusing so let me clear it up, what I mean is a show that’s been filmed inside a game. The show I’m talking about is the popular web series Red Vs Blue created way back in 2003 by Austin-based digital studio Rooster Teeth. The show is a comedy series that uses gameplay animation in a format known as “machinima”, from the Halo franchise, and its narrative is about a civil war between two groups of soldiers in a box canyon known as the Blood Gulch. The show has 18 seasons with 12-24 episodes each. The filming process is done in multiplayer on Halo and the cameraman is a spectator, and the actors control their character bobbing the character’s heads up and down to make look like their talking. The series has been generally well-received and praised for its originality, that it won the award for “Best Animated Web Series” from the International Academy of Web Television. 

So that’s the media topic from gaming culture, there are a whole lot more topics that have to do with gaming culture that I might talk about in the future but for now, that’s all. 

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